COFE Campaign -
Preparing the Future of Europe!

What is the Conference on the Future of Europe?

The Conference on the Future of Europe was first introduced in 2019 as a proposal of the EU Commission and the Parliament to define medium to long-term European Union policies. The main reasoning of this Conference is to debate the institution's political priorities hands-on with citizens from all over Europe.

This great undertaking's original proposal included a significant role for young people, civil society, and European institutions as equal partners.

"The Conference on the the Future of Europe is an opportunity. A chance to bring Europe and its citizens together by actively involving them in the process and by setting a positive precedent according to which citizen participation is more than empty talk."
- Sven Franck, Lille City Lead

What do we want?

Hold proper debates

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Conference should discuss topics in 3-month-cycles so as to ensure continued engagement and feedback on the process achieved in the institutional Conference setup. Citizens' assemblies should have the right to evaluate the outcomes of the plenary debate in addition to giving input to working groups to increase cooperation between all levels.

Citizens to set the agenda

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If we want citizens to freely decide on the Future of Europe, we should not tell them what to debate on. An online consultation should precede the start of the Conference, where citizens choose the topics of the 6 to 8 Conferences on the Future of Europe from 12 preselected policy fields.

Who should be consulted?

Local / National Citizens' Assembly

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Local and National citizens' assemblies will represent the very first tier of decision making in the conference. National citizens' assemblies should have similar rules and proportions. Composed of 200 to 300 citizens chosen by lot, they will represent the national decision on given topics. Local citizens' assemblies should have governing guidelines but should be free in their setup. National governments will be encouraged to organise local groups to facilitate citizens' participation in the conference.

Local and National assemblies should vote by consensus per working group and by simple majority in the entire group.

LCA and NCA will provide recommendations and elect representatives per topic.

European Citizens' Assembly

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200 to 300 citizens chosen by lot.

  • Fixed proportions
  • Gender balanced
  • Socio-economic background
  • National / regional representation
  • Age (e.g. 33% <30)

Conference Working Groups

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Members join 1 to 2 working groups per cycle

  • Each working group holds max. 3 people from each member group.

Conference Plenary

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Full members:

  • 75 MEPs (10% of MEPs)
  • 27 Ministers / National leaders
  • 54 National parliament members (2 per country)
  • Observers
  • 75 Mayors
  • European Economic and Social Commitee / European Committee of the Regions
  • Citizens' delegates

The COFE Campaign Team

Hannah Gohlke

Hannah Gohlke

Policy

Robin Fontaine

Robin Fontaine

Communications

Joachim Wilcke

Joachim Wilcke

Head of Office for Damian Boeselager at the European Parliament

Emil Criscione

Emil Criscione

Volt's Way of Doing Politics